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The Right Stuff (2-Disc Special Edition)

Sam Shepard , Scott Glenn , Philip Kaufman    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Philip Kaufman's intimate epic about the Mercury astronauts (based on Tom Wolfe's book) was one of the most ambitious and spectacularly exciting movies of the 1980s. It surprised almost everybody by not becoming a smash hit. By all rights, the film should have been every bit the success that Apollo 13 would later become; The Right Stuff is not only just as thrilling, but it is also a bigger and better movie. Combining history (both established and revisionist), grand mythmaking (and myth puncturing), adventure, melodrama, behind-the-scenes dish, spectacular visuals, and a down-to-earth sense of humor, The Right Stuff chronicles NASA's efforts to put a man in orbit. Such an achievement would be the first step toward President Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon, and, perhaps most important of all, would win a crucial public relations/morale victory over the Soviets, who had delivered a stunning blow to American pride by launching Sputnik, the first satellite. The movie contrasts the daring feats of the unsung test pilots--one of whom, Chuck Yeager, embodied more than anyone else the skill and spirit of Wolfe's title--against the heavily publicized (and sanitized) accomplishments of the Mercury astronauts. Through no fault of their own, the spacemen became prisoners of the heroic images the government created for them in order to capture the public's imagination. The casting is inspired; the film features Sam Shepard as the legendary Yeager, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Dennis Quaid as "Gordo" Cooper, Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard, Fred Ward as Gus Grissom, Scott Wilson as Scott Crossfield, and Pamela Reed and Veronica Cartwright are superb in their thankless roles as astronauts' wives. --Jim Emerson

Special Features

For the film's 20th anniversary, a new two-disc edition replaces the original bare-bones DVD. The film looked pretty good on the old disc, but there is more depth to the remastered soundtrack and better yet, you don't need to flip the disc to view the entire film. The second disc of extras is well done, but a bit light. There are 20-minute commentaries from director Philip Kauffman and another track of many actors' fond reminisces of working on the film. They are so engaging it's odd to think there wasn't enough to do a complete commentary track, or even two. A newly produced three-part documentary looks at the project from Tom Wolfe's book to screenplay, the making-of the movie, and interviews with the real participants of the saga. Again, the running time (45 minutes) feels too short. The 13 additional scenes, sans set-up, are really pieces from the cutting-room floor but curiously interesting. The bulk of the extras is the 90-minute PBS program on the life and times of John Glenn, aired around the time of--and mostly about--his second trip into space in 1998. The DVD extras could have used an outside voice--or historian or film critic--to give an objective viewpoint to this outstanding film. --Doug Thomas

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This 30th Anniversary Edition of The Right Stuff debut on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC (22.50 Mpbs) 1080p 1.85:1 encode. After undergoing a meticulous restoration prior to its 2003 DVD release, this HD transfer raises the bar yet again. The biggest difference lies in the removal of dozens of errant marks that littered the DVD. With such annoyances gone, we are left with a spotless, perfectly balanced image featuring slightly enhanced contrast and clarity. The letters that signify location are markedly sharper than they are on the DVD, and close-ups possess more impact (check out the shot of Cooper reflected in the nurse's eyeglasses), highlighting a host of fine facial details. This transfer offers a pleasingly film-like image that is consistently detailed, fine-grained and colourful with a widely varying palette. The 193 minute length is a little too long. (4.5/5)


A film that wins Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing demands a strong audio track, and Warner delivers with a highly immersive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix that is smoother, richer, and more nuanced than the previous lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Bill Conti's Oscar-winning music score adds an air of majesty to the proceedings, exhibiting great depth of tone as it sweeps across all my nine speakers. Best of all, no hiss, pops, or crackles disrupt the audio's purity, making this finely tuned mix one of the best restored 1980s tracks. (4.5/5)


In 1984, The Right Stuff won 4 Oscars: Best Original Score (Bill Conti), Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Effects. It was also nominated in 4 other categories: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Sheppard), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars replacing our vhs Nov. 1 2013
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this was such a good movie... a great family movie...a part of history..i recommend this. good actors which made it well made
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The difference between a documentary and a film March 11 2004
If I want to see it EXACTLY as it really happened, I'll head on over to my library and check out any number of documentaries put together on the early days of the Space Program. This review is aimed at the people who have problems with certain innacuracies within the film's story line.
Film, even of the historical nature, is at least somewhat about drama. If you watch a movie like The Right Stuff and you are surprised or taken aback by certain details that you know to be innaccurate, you are missing the point. The reason that historical films often contain alterations in fact here and there is the same reason that a band should never cover a famous song unless they think that they can do it better or add an interesting new flavor to it. The early days of the Space Race were exciting, and to alter certain facts to maximize the drama of a movie (and don't forget, it is just a movie) is far from insulting.
As a young child, one of my favorite movies was The Right Stuff. I loved the excitement, the characters, and the notion that what I was watching meant a great deal to a lot of people. Years later, even after I learned that the real Jack Ridley died in the middle of the movie's depicted timeline or that John Glenn's ship was not actually guided home by fireflys (which, by the way, only an idiot would think the movie was acutally trying to depict) I still love the movie. It's entertainment, and, believe it or not, most of it really happened. If you've got a bone to pick with the Right Stuff, you've got a bone to pick with every historical film ever released, because part of what makes it a film, or a movie, or whatever you want to call it, is that it does not, and will not ever stick solely to the facts. If it did, why would anyone ever want to watch it when they could just watch some documentary. You don't have to agree, but I think that The Right Stuff is a great movie, fun, informative, and timeless. Five out of Five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF!!!! Feb. 4 2014
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What a great, under appreciated film. Transfer looks great. Special effects hold up great.
The docs are ample and informative. The packaging is stellar. BUT...where is the audio commentary? This film, more than most, begs for a running commentary by the filmmakers and a 2nd one with a NASA historian. But sadly none are to be found on this disc....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Stuff June 23 2013
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I have always loved this movie. It's well acted, it's entertaining, somewhat factual and keeps moving so you don't get bored. An A-ok movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 28 2013
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The movie stands the test of time. Worth buying and watching. A great history of the Apollo missions. The start of the space race.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right Stuff May 12 2012
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Even though this movie runs for over 2 hours it is a time well spent. This movie is a wonderful, witty satire, a mix of historical facts, politics, fame and human emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great from Start to Finish! July 11 2009
This is a long film, but it is so good that the time flies (excuse the pun). It is a fascinating story and the excellent cast capture the complex mix of personalities that made up America's fledgling astronaut programme. The bonus material is really interesting and provides useful background. Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the investment!
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